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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 11:45 PM
To go the other way from the worst show thread. I was just wondering what the best show was you folks have seen (other than the ABB family).

I've seen Steely Dan 4 times in the last few years and they're pretty damn good.

One of the better shows, not so much for the music, but the show itself, was actually Michael Jackson about 1986-87. I had to go once. Great entertainer!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 12:09 AM
Stevie Wonder opening for the Rolling Stones in a 5400 capacity building (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco).
Last Waltz, Winterland.
The Who performing Tommy at Anaheim Stadium (Leon Russell and John Sebastian opening) in its entirety one week after the opera house performance in Manhattan
Jimi Hendrix three times.
Grateful Dead wall of sound at UC Santa Barbara football stadium around 1975

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 12:12 AM
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Stevie Wonder opening for the Rolling Stones in a 5400 capacity building (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco).
Last Waltz, Winterland.
The Who performing Tommy at Anaheim Stadium (Leon Russell and John Sebastian opening) in its entirety one week after the opera house performance in Manhattan
Jimi Hendrix three times.
Grateful Dead wall of sound at UC Santa Barbara football stadium around 1975


Don't think I can top those.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 12:26 AM
Oddly enough, the best show I saw was the night after one of the worst shows. I saw a lackluster sept 2000 Allmans show on a Friday, the next night I saw Susan Tedeschi light it up. She announced that Allen Woody had died the night before and was pouring all of her heart and soul into it. An amazing performance, really something I will never forget. The whole crowd, whether they knew who Allen was or not, could feel the hurt when Susan played "It Hurts So Bad". Still the most bittersweet music I will probably ever hear.

Buddy Guy followed and smoked. BB King closed the evening with a pretty solid set. Amazing night of music, even if it was one of true sadness. Almost feel guilty saying it was the best night what with the terrible news that surrounded it, but it was definitely a moment.

 

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Oddly enough, the best show I saw was the night after one of the worst shows. I saw a lackluster sept 2000 Allmans show on a Friday, the next night I saw Susan Tedeschi light it up. She announced that Allen Woody had died the night before and was pouring all of her heart and soul into it. An amazing performance, really something I will never forget. The whole crowd, whether they knew who Allen was or not, could feel the hurt when Susan played "It Hurts So Bad". Still the most bittersweet music I will probably ever hear.

Buddy Guy followed and smoked. BB King closed the evening with a pretty solid set. Amazing night of music, even if it was one of true sadness. Almost feel guilty saying it was the best night what with the terrible news that surrounded it, but it was definitely a moment.


That story reminded me of a few I saw at the old Five Points Music Hall in Birmingham. A great room...I was at the DBB show that same week and Dickey gave a short speech about Allen Woody...then dedicated "Seven Turns." And that was a great show.

But, my favorite there was Mule with Dave Schools and Chuck Leavell..POURING down rain outside....not many people still there.....and they just kept on playing, and playing, and playing...It was Matt's night. I've never seen anything like it. There are so many, but that one is right up there for me.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 12:49 AM
Easy one! Pink Floyd in Oakland Arena in '87. I have seen a lot of great shows but that one was tops!!!
 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 04:01 AM
Probably Springsteen -81 in Stockholm or early Zappa (canīt remember the exact year) in Copenhagen.
 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 06:47 AM
Top 3 of all time:
Dwight Yoakam, London, Kentish Town Forum July 2005. My best show ever.
Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Glasgow Apollo April 76 - six encores - ran out of songs.
Elvis Costello & The Confederates, Edinburgh Playhouse, Feb 87.

Other Highlights (not including "the family") in no particular order:
The Who, Greens Playhouse. Glasgow 1971 (first ever concert)
The Who, Celtic Park, Glasgow 75
Springsteen, Tom Joad solo Tour, Paris 96
Springsteen, Newcastle, 84 (Born in the USA Tour)
Ben Harper, Hammersmith London 2006
Springsteen, Hammersmith London 2006 (Seeger Sessions)
Bad Company, Glasgow Apollo 1974 (the week before the first album came out)
Elvis Costello, Ayr Pavilion, 1980
Peter Gabriel, Glasgow Apollo, 1980
Weather Report, Glasgow Apollo 1978
Genesis, Glasgow Apollo, Oct 73
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Green's Playhouse, Glasgow 1972
Rickie Lee Jones, Bristol, 2007.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 06:51 AM
Rush, R30 Tour, Radio City Music Hall
 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 07:59 AM
Besides the Allman Brothers?

Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tuscaloosa, AL about 1973. Quad sound, flying piano - the works.
Soul Stew Revival - NYE at the Fox (2006 and 2007). Just a great amalgam of music.
Wilco - Alabama Theater, 2005 (I think). This was the night of the Grammy Awards (Wilco won). Wilco did their "acceptance" and performance at the Alabama Theater.
Bob Dylan and the Brian Setzer Orchestra - Birmingham's Boutwell Auditorium -about 1998. It didn't seem possible for Dylan to follow Setzer's amazing show, but he (with help from Larry Campbell) pulled it off.
Paul McCartney - Omni, Atlanta - about 1995 (???). Seen Macca about 5 times, but this was the one! Band featured Robbie Macintosh on guitar.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:15 AM
The One For Woody show in 2000 or The Who performing a full version of "Tommy" at Radio City in 1989. First NY show since Shea Stadium in 82 or 81. The place was electric. It left quite an impression on my 16 year old self.

There's a grab bag of ABB and Mule shows between 90 and 2007 that I left saying it was the best show ever.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:23 AM
van halen m.s.g 1981
iron maiden- radio city music hall- 1985
rush - m.s.g 1981
judas priest/iron maiden -the palladium- 1981
sorry cant pick just one here and i assume we are not talking abb here

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:23 AM
Buddy Guy, Labor Day 1990. He'd just been to Stevie Ray Vaughan's funeral and was "playing this one for Stevie". It was a festival in Downtown Louisville, when Buddy took his walk he went a block down Main Street then came back up on the other side of the street. A couple were dining at a table at the window when Buddy got there he stopped in front of the window got up against the window and just wailed.

1975 Derby Eve Jam. Wet Willie, CDB, MTB. Tommy Caldwell said "If you all behave we'll stay out here and jam" When Tucker finished their show j Jimmy Hall and members of the CDB came out to jam. They played well past the curfew.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:42 AM
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Oddly enough, the best show I saw was the night after one of the worst shows. I saw a lackluster sept 2000 Allmans show on a Friday, the next night I saw Susan Tedeschi light it up. She announced that Allen Woody had died the night before and was pouring all of her heart and soul into it. An amazing performance, really something I will never forget. The whole crowd, whether they knew who Allen was or not, could feel the hurt when Susan played "It Hurts So Bad". Still the most bittersweet music I will probably ever hear.

Buddy Guy followed and smoked. BB King closed the evening with a pretty solid set. Amazing night of music, even if it was one of true sadness. Almost feel guilty saying it was the best night what with the terrible news that surrounded it, but it was definitely a moment.


That story reminded me of a few I saw at the old Five Points Music Hall in Birmingham. A great room...I was at the DBB show that same week and Dickey gave a short speech about Allen Woody...then dedicated "Seven Turns." And that was a great show.

But, my favorite there was Mule with Dave Schools and Chuck Leavell..POURING down rain outside....not many people still there.....and they just kept on playing, and playing, and playing...It was Matt's night. I've never seen anything like it. There are so many, but that one is right up there for me.


I can honestly say Mule has never let me down . 2006's Down On The Farm was a pretty small-time affair, but they played full-tilt and a nice lengthy set . I think it's safe to say many other bands would have just gotten their card punched and split .

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:57 AM
This is always a tuff one for me cause different artists really do differant things, but the single best performance I have seen would have to be Stevie Ray Vaughan may 10, 1987, here in Laporte, IN. 3 blocks from my house, I helped set up with the stage and we got to hang out with Stevie all day. Folks were grilling out and playing softball and stuff. Stevie had a sore throat, (I couldn't tell in His vocals) and He just absolutely smoked on guitar. If I may mention the the july 7, 2003 ABB show as very special to me, my first ABB show. The Dylan shows Iv'e seen have been special to me and some of the early 80's metal shows wre cool.
Just thought I'd include a word from my Dad, the old rehabbed hippy, He was at the Atlanta Pop in '70 and several other cool shows, He always followed the Eagles and Who alot, Anyway He says the best He saw was a triple bill in around '74, Kiss, Queen and Jethro Tull in that order.......PEACE....joe

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:03 AM
crossroads guitar festival, this past july..

unreal..

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:21 AM
The BEST and most entertaining show I've ever been to was
George Thorogood in April 1985. It was the same night Villanova won
the NCAA basketball championship. They announced it during the show.
I snuck down to floor level in the Philadelphia Spectrum and wound up
with a bunch of 'Nova students. So the place was going extra nuts.

After that, the '94 H.O.R.D.E. show was very good.
Seeing Big Head Todd & the Monsters open for Dave Matthews at the
Tower Theatre right before Dave really became popular.

Then my first show. The Journey Jam at JFK in Philly back in '83.
Show started with Bryan Adams. Then the Tubes. John Cougar. Sammy Hagar
and finally Journey.

Honorable mention: Buddy Guy. No matter where I see him, always a great show.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:26 AM
Eric Clapton - 10/7/06 (Mohegan Sun Arena)

Eric, Derek, Doyle, and the rest of the band were magical that night!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 10:03 AM
I forgot!

The Scott Boyer Benefit - last year at the Alabama Theater. Lots of guest appearances by the likes of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, the Capricorn Rhythm Section, Randall Bramblett and Gregg Allman - all raising money to help out with Scott's med bills.

Another great one was the Jeff Beck/Stevie Ray Vaughn show about 20 years ago.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 10:32 AM
Hard to separate "best" from "most fun....so I won't even try.

1) 3/21/03 ABB
2) 9/24/2000 ABB
3) Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Riverboat President, Jazzfest, about 1977
4) Muddy, Johnny Shines, Lightnin Hopkins, Albert King Warehouse, N.O. the year before.

 
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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 10:37 AM
I saw Crosby, Stills, and Nash in 2003 in Lubbock, TX. MAN! That was a fabulous show...and the vibe was so awesome!

Also, the ABB @ Beacon 3/31/07. AMEN!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 10:44 AM
Othen then ABB "Family" shows...

Brian Wilson - Pet Sounds tour (2000?)

Billy Joel @ Yankee Stadium ( or maybe it was just the venue )

Motley Crue - Madison Square Garden 1985

Guns N Roses - Felt Forum, NYC 1987 ( INSANE )

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 10:46 AM


[Edited on 1/15/2008 by dadof2]

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 11:04 AM
Oh, man...this is tough...from '71 - '85 I saw so many shows that were SO GOOD...the trouble is mainly trying to REMEMBER them all, much less picking out the better ones.

In no particular order: (Unless otherwise noted, all shows at the GW Forum in LA)

George Harrison w/ Ravi Shankar 1974
Paul McCartney 1988 (the tour that resulted in the Tripping The Live Fantastic album)
Wings 1976 Ringo & Harry Nilsson in audience
ABB/Dave Mason Band/Little Feat UC Santa Barbara football stadium 1975 (I think)
Fleetwood Mac December 1974 Long Beach Arena (one of the last shows with Bob Welch as a member)
Rod Stewart & Faces/Loggins & Messina/Fleetwood Mac September 1975 Anaheim Stadium First time seeing FM with Buckingham & Nicks
Eric Clapton July 1974 Long Beach Arena (his "comeback" tour)
Eric Clapton/Santana August or September 1975 (the "legendary show" that Keith Moon & Joe Cocker made cameo appearances plus Clapton & Santana's bands played together for Clapton's encore
ABB/George Thorogood October 1987 (?) Pacific Amphitheatre It was the Seven Turns tour. Somehow ended up backstage after the show and met Gregg, Butch, Jaimoe & Warren.
The Who/Rufus/Little Feat Anaheim Stadium 1976 My first time seeing the Who, and the last time seeing them with Moonie. This was another of those occasions when Little Feat was an unannounced opening act. I saw them probably 10-15 times and never as a headliner (except for the Lowell George memorial show in 1979)
Fleetwood Mac December 1979 One of the only times that the USC Marching Band appeared on stage w them during the Tusk tour.
Bob Welch/Randy Meisner 1978 Universal Amphitheatre. The "ex-members" show...Meisner's set was good, but not spectacular, Welch rocked the house with killer versions of "Future Games", "Hypnotized", "Shake Your Moneymaker", "Big Towne 2061", "Outskirts" and Christine McVie made a cameo appearance on "Sentimental Lady", Stevie Nicks & Mick Fleetwood showed up for "Ebony Eyes".

More later as I think of them...right now, work beckons.

[Edited on 1/15/2008 by chiliD]

 
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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 11:36 AM
cheap trick around 2003
rolling stones in 1997
megadeth 2000 and 2007

ac/dc around 1995 was great but too loud. anyone who says white boys can't boogie have never seen ac/dc. angus young might the most energetic person i've ever seen

 
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